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We are local on the 8s



Local on the 8s, a group of musicians from across Iowa, utilizes a compelling combination and mixture of progressive rock, jazz, R&B, hip hop and funk music. Performing original compositions as well as the music of Trombone Shorty, Roy Hargrove, Kneebody, Christian Scott, Snarky Puppy and many others, Local on the 8s offers high energy music, steeped in tradition and sophistication, that will make anyone dance. Local on the 8s seeks to erase the lines between the mainstream and the underground - straight ahead and rock/funk.


Brett Messenger - trumpet / lead vocals
Bethann Gavin - lead vocals
Eric Thompson - drums / vocals
Steve Grismore - guitar / vocals
Robert Espe - saxes / vocals
Steve Shanley - keys
Ben Soltau - bass


Click the pictures to learn more about the band members - their careers, various projects and unique voices...






8s dates


March 6        Concert         Opus Cafe                                        Cedar Rapids, IA

March 15       Show            Parlor City                                      Cedar Rapids, IA

April 18       Concert         Campbell Steele Gallery                                Marion, IA

May 17         Show            Parlor City                                      Cedar Rapids, IA

May 28         Show            The Mill with Jack Lion                             Iowa City, IA

June 19        Concert         Friday Night Concert Series (Ped Mall Stage)        Iowa City, IA

July 2         Jam Session     IC Jazz Festival After Hours @ The Mill             Iowa City, IA

July 3         Party           IC Jazz Festival After Hours @ The Yacht Club       Iowa City, IA

July 4         Festival        IC Jazz Festival College Stage (5:30 & 7:30 PM)     Iowa City, IA

August 13      Concert         KCCK's Jazz Under the Stars                      Cedar Rapids, IA

December 20    Show            Parlor City                                      Cedar Rapids, IA


February 21    Show            Parlor City                                      Cedar Rapids, IA

April 5        Event           Lion Bridge Brewing Company                      Cedar Rapids, IA

April 15       Show            Jazz After Five @ The Mill                          Iowa City, IA

May 22         Show            Parlor City                                      Cedar Rapids, IA

June 22        Contest         EcoLips Battle of the Bands (Parlor City)        Cedar Rapids, IA

July 16        Festival        Camp Euforia                                        Lone Tree, IA

July 22        Show            Yacht Club with The Maytags                         Iowa City, IA

August 5       Festival        Hoover's Hometown Days                            West Branch, IA

August 6       Festival        Iowa Soul Festival (Ped Mall Stage)                 Iowa City, IA

August 12      Concert         Noce - Jazz & Cabaret                              Des Moines, IA

August 27      Show            Bread Garden Market - Downtown IC                   Iowa City, IA

December 2     Concert         Opus Cafe                                        Cedar Rapids, IA







News & Updates

1/26 --> LOT8s is looking forward to introducing three new original tunes @ the Opus Concert Cafe March 6th - be there!

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